‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ three pack is becoming a mess for a charity book store, according to Goldstone Books. The charity book shop in Swansea, South Wales, has received so many donated copies of the E.L. James trilogy that they have moved into another building.
Though the photos of their Fifty Shades office fortress were posted in September, they only started delighting the Internet this week, according to The Huffington Post. Since the books obviously have no resale value, the shop can no longer accept this particular generous gift.
“We appreciate all the donations - but less Fifty Shades and more sixties and seventies vinyl would be good… There are a lot of people obsessed by Fifty Shades of Grey, we get people bringing in new copies all the time. Enough is enough,” employee Phil Broadhurst said.
Most people donating have read the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book multiple times. However, some opted to read them on their phone after downloading them for free from the library.
That may be more pathetic to some, but downloading Shades of Grey on a mobile phone was also more earth friendly. Even so, millions and millions of copies of the popular book are being stored with no owners to claim them.
They say all charity is good charity, except when it comes to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ it seems. The U.K. thrift store is tired of being bombarded with so many donations of the novels that they are using their safe word: “Enough!”
The books are banned by the bookstore and won’t be long before other charity stores follow suit. These are books that were turned into an equally as raunchy film starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.
Broadhurst described the charity store as having become a “retirement home” for discarded copies of James’ book series. Published in 2011, the novel tells the story of the dark, sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and wealthy businessman Christian Grey.
The book quickly gained popularity. More than 125 million copies have sold worldwide.
Having received hundreds of secondhand copies of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ thriller, which boasted over 125 million in sales worldwide, many stores are being forced to hand them over to a warehouse where they will either be sold online or recycled.